• Abou Farman

    Assistant Professor of Anthropology


    Abou Farman is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at The New School for Social Research. Professor Farman is interested in secularization processes, especially in relation to technology and aesthetics. His ethnographic research has focused on technoscientific projects in the US attempting to achieve physical immortality. He is working on a book, Secular Immortal, examining three such ‘immortalist’ strategies: cryonics, biogerontology and artificial intelligence. His first book was Clerks of the Passage, an extended essay on movement and immigration. He has taught Anthropology at Bard College, SUNY Purchase, Hunter College and Princeton. As part of the artist duo caraballo-farman he has exhibited internationally, including at the Tate Modern, London, and PS1, NY, and received several grants and awards, including Guggenheim and New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships. 

    Degrees Held:

    PhD 2012, The Graduate Center, CUNY

    Recent Publications:

    "Terminality," Social Text, vol. 31, iss. 2, pp. 93-118 (2017).

    "Informatic Selves," Gergely Mohacsi, ed., Ecologies of Care: Innovations Through Technologies, Collectives and the Senses, (Osaka University Press, 2014).

    "Speculative Matter: Secular Bodies, Minds and Persons," Cultural Anthropology, (2013).


    "Re-enchantment Cosmologies; Mastery and Obsolescence in an Intelligent Universe," Anthropological Quarterly, (2012).

    Research Interests:

    Religion & Secularism, Science & Technology, Death & Dying, American Culture, Aesthetics & Expressive Culture.

    Awards And Honors:

    Guggenheim Fellowship
    New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship

    Current Courses:

    Critical Found.of Soc Theory

    First Year Seminar

    Independent Study

    Independent Study (Spring 2020)

    Terminality (Spring 2020)

    The Death Seminar (Spring 2020)